Dave and Cynthia Schrodt opened Brown County Winery in 1986 in a small retail shop located in the heart of the Village of Nashville behind the Nashville House. Dave, a winemaker, felt that Nashville was a prime location for a small winery, since the community was deeply rooted in the arts. The gentle rolling hills made for the perfect backdrop. The first year they produced five wines. As the demand and popularity for their wine grew, they soon outgrew the original winery and had to build a winery on their private property near Lake Lemon just to keep up with the demand. Dave and Cynthia set a goal to produce high quality local wines, while offering them at a reasonable price. They wanted their customers to have an educational and enjoyable tasting experience, in a relaxed atmosphere. Dave worked hard to produce award-winning dry, semi-sweet, and sweet wines from French Hybrid grapes grown in the Midwest and from a variety of berries and apples.
In 2000, the winery expanded again by opening a larger winery and tasting room in the distinctive area of Gnaw Bone, a short five miles east from the Nashville. Your visit to Brown County Winery will prove to be an enjoyable, satisfying, and a highlight of your trip to Brown County. Watch the wines being made through large glass windows in the winery tasting room. We planted a small demonstration vineyard of Catawba grapes in 2018 and expect to be making small batches of estate grown wine in 2020.
At Brown County Winery, we are not afraid to use berries, stone fruit, or any other type of fruit to create the next new product. Although our bestselling wines are sweet and semi-sweet, we also offer award winning dry wines. Our wines exemplify what Brown County is all about, handcrafted and locally made products. We believe that quality wine should be available to everyone regardless of their experience. Finding a wine to match your individual taste is easy whether you're an experienced wine consumer or a novice. Click here to view our current wine list.
Both locations offer free wine sampling, gourmet foods, and wine-related gifts. Open 7 days a week.